Disability and rehabilitation

The disability and rehabilitation unit supports Member States in improving rehabilitation within their country contexts and in enabling all people with a disability to achieve better health. The unit also supports in eye and ear health care.

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Tajikistan: strengthening rehabilitation to leave no one behind

Robia was only 6 months old when she fell ill in 2009 and was unable to move her legs. After a month, doctors diagnosed her with polio and she was sent to a rehabilitation centre, but for several years she made no progress. In 2013, however, things changed. Robia started to have physiotherapy and received training in everyday life-skills that could make her independent.


Provision of wheelchairs in Tajikistan: economic assessment of alternative options (2019)

A study on the economic aspects of various models for the provision of wheelchairs in Tajikistan.

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Inclusive universal health coverage

We need all components of health care to make universal health coverage possible.

Data and statistics on rehabilitation

• 74% of years lived with disability (YLDs) in the world are the result of health conditions for which rehabilitation may be beneficial.

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Data and statistics on disability

• Over 1 billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world's population.

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Better health for people with disabilities

People with disabilities often do not receive needed health care

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